Cork hurler Patrick Horgan is hoping the government will increase the number of people permitted to watch GAA game ahead of an expected announcement this week. 

Until at least 10 August, no more than 200 people, including players, management, officials and ground staff, may assemble for games in the Republic, while Ulster GAA has recommended that their maximum capacity should be 400 for the 'six counties'. 

GAA President John Horan has already urged the government to allow for 500 to attend, which was part of the original roadmap from 20 July, a plan that was shelved due to concerns over a resurgence in the coronavirus pandemic. 

An official announcement is expected this week on the next phase and the gifted Rebel forward is hoping for change. 

"It's not too bad," he told 2fm’s Game On when asked how he found playing in a post-Covid environment in Glen Rovers' victory over St Finbarr's in the Cork SHC at the weekend

"The only problem at the moment is 200 going to a match. It doesn’t make sense to me. It’s a bit weird." 

Back in April, when everything was more in a state of flux, the four-time All-Star admitted he wasn’t keen on the prospect of playing behind closed doors, even if it was a preferrable option to having no games at all.

He says the evidence from his one club championship outing has done little to alter that viewpoint, and referenced one portion of the game against the Barrs where a crowd could have made a significant difference. 

While the Glen ran out comfortable winners, following the dismissal of defender Robert Downey, the Barrs hit three of the last four scores of the first-half to reduce the deficit. In pre-Covid times, it could have had a bigger impact.

"It (crowd restrictions) impacts the speed of the game. Teams can feed off the crowd. Like, against the Barrs, if there was a bigger crowd there, we could have been in bigger trouble than we thought.

"When they started getting back into it, if their supporters were behind them at the time, it could have been a lot worse for us. 

"It’s not ideal, and I think there could be comfortably more than 200."